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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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The Maple’s Face

The Maple’s Face
The Trees of Childhood

Magazine / society
The trees of our childhood – with their exceptional shapes, boughs and presence – can feel very human, almost like old friends... Michał Książek

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Iron People

Iron People
A History of the Celts

Magazine / society
The history of the Celts stretches back thousands of years and across the breadth of Central and Western Europe. Maciej Świetlik
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Cosmic Matters (Spring 2022)

Cosmic Matters (Spring 2022)

Magazine / science
Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including the James Webb Space Telescope, the sun’s Nemesis, and the longest thunderbolt ever recorded. Łukasz Kaniewski
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The Yellow Dragon of the Yellow River

The Yellow Dragon of the Yellow River
The Colour Yellow in China

Magazine / society
Across thousands of years, the colour yellow has held many meanings within Chinese society and culture. Aleksandra Woźniak

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Is War Natural?

Is War Natural?
On Human Aggression

Reading / society
While some scholars suggest that war is an innate, biological phenomenon, others argue that it is rooted in social and cultural factors. Tomasz Wiśniewski

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Inhuman Slaughter

Inhuman Slaughter
How Warriors Dehumanize Themselves

Reading / society
History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
healthy living

Vatas, Pittas and Kaphas
An Interview with an Ayurvedic Therapist

Magazine / society
Ayurvedic therapist Patrycja Sadowska explains what doshas are, and how we can practice Ayurveda, far from its native India. Maria Hawranek
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Stop Singing in the Shower

Stop Singing in the Shower
The Global Water Crisis

Magazine / society
Access to clean water is far from a universal right across the globe. We must urgently address this, before it’s too late. Maciej Wesołowski

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Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing

Practise Courage, Abstain from Wrongdoing
The Role of Celtic Druids

Magazine / society
The Celtic Druids possessed great knowledge and were highly respected, yet they tended to be violent – and did not have to be men. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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Natural Order

Natural Order
The Regular Patterns of Nature

Magazine / science
From fractals to columnar joints, the natural world is home to many stunning patterns and regularities. Mikołaj Golachowski

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A Note of Nature
Mind the climate

A Note of Nature
Natural Inspirations in Music

Magazine / culture
Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change. Wioleta Żochowska
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We Are the Future!

We Are the Future!
The Russian Futurists

Magazine / culture
Russian Futurism developed alongside Italian Futurism, yet the two art movements ultimately took different directions. Maciej Świetlik
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The Apostle of (Inner) Peace

The Apostle of (Inner) Peace
The Life of Thích Nhất Hạnh

Magazine / society
Thích Nhất Hạnh, the spiritual father of mindfulness, lived a remarkable life focused on empathy, forgiveness, and peace. Paulina Wilk

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The Goddess of Yoga
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The Goddess of Yoga
The Life of Indra Devi

Magazine / society
The life of Eugenie Peterson led her from Riga to Bombay and eventually Los Angeles, where – as Indra Devi – she became Hollywood’s first yogi. Piotr Żelazny
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All the Queen’s Agents

All the Queen’s Agents
Britain’s Global Influence

Magazine / society
British soft power – as expressed through the likes of James Bond and the Queen – has led to the United Kingdom’s language and culture conquering the world. Piotr Żelazny

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The Body as a Whole
healthy living

The Body as a Whole
Traditional Chinese Medicine

Magazine / society
Traditional Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to preventing disease and treating the body. Aleksandra Woźniak
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Animal Persons

Animal Persons
An Interview with Marta Bogdańska

Reading / society
Marta Bogdańska, creator of the “Shifters” art project, talks about the history of humans (mis)using animals in armed forces and intelligence agencies. Berenika Steinberg

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Brackish Tears

Brackish Tears

Media / Photo
In his work, Santanu Dey deals with the topic of the Marichjhapi massacre. In an effort to trace the entire structure of violence related to migration and displacement, the artist goes back to the “Mahabharata”, an ancient Hindu epic.
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The Forest Broadcast

The Forest Broadcast
Birdsong in Spring

Magazine / society
Spring is the best season in which to hear the chorus of birdsong that emerges from nature – in forests, meadows and urban parks. Adam Zbyryt

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The Revelations of Mr Rovelli

The Revelations of Mr Rovelli
Understanding Quantum Physics

Magazine / science
In explaining quantum mechanics, the physicist Carlo Rovelli tries to combine science with the everyday experience of the world. Łukasz Kaniewski
Opinion
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Paulina
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Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

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Against Apocalypse

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

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A Note of Nature
Mind the climate

A Note of Nature
Natural Inspirations in Music

Magazine / culture
Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change. Wioleta Żochowska
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What Comes After Growth?
Mind the climate

What Comes After Growth?
An Interview about Food Sovereignty and Cooperativism

Magazine / society
Wojciech Mejor – a leading figure in the Polish post-growth movement – talks about food sovereignty, food cooperativism and alternatives to capitalism. Katarzyna  Michalczak
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Against Apocalypse

Reading / society
What does the word ‘apocalypse’ mean? And how can we understand it in the context of an Earth hurtling towards climate catastrophe?
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Life-Giving Dust
Mind the climate

Life-Giving Dust
From the Sahara to the Ocean

Magazine / science
Saharan dust is a phenomenon that starts in the desert and brings multiple benefits to oceans and plants across the whole of the globe. Michał Brennek

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“Przekrój” for Beginners

“Przekrój” for Beginners
A History of the Magazine

Magazine / culture
“Przekrój” revisits the story of our magazine – from a cramped tenement block in post-war Kraków, to the relaunched and revitalized quarterly in modern-day Warsaw. Paulina Wilk
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Matured into Immaturity

Matured into Immaturity
The Life of Zbigniew Lengren

Magazine / culture
The illustrator and cartoonist Zbigniew Lengren ran a 50-year comic strip in “Przekrój”. His daughter remembers his remarkable life. Katarzyna Lengren

Audio

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

Media / Audio
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.

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healthy living

Healing Exercises from Tibet
How to Practise Tsalung

Reading / society
Tsalung – a Tibetan yogic practice – combines both breathing and physical exercises to further support meditation and mindfulness. Dominika Bok
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Garden Greens
healthy living

Garden Greens
Five Healthy Spring Leaves

Magazine / society
Spring is the perfect time to pick the leaves of nettle, starwort, dandelion, common yarrow and sheep’s sorrel. Jakub Bas
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Beehive Medicine

Beehive Medicine
The Benefits of Apitherapy

Magazine / society
Bees produce honey, wax, pollen and propolis, among others. Apitherapy shows us how to use these products to enrich our own health and wellbeing. Dominika Bok
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Breathe In, Gently
healthy living

Breathe In, Gently
The Problem with Excessive Breathing

Magazine / society
Excessive breathing can entail too little carbon dioxide in our body, which can lead to numerous health complications. This can be solved with diaphragmatic breathing. Jakub Bas